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Get on the Bus

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Released on the one-year anniversary of the Million Man March, GET ON THE BUS follows nearly 20 African Americans as they ride a bus cross-country to attend the historic event in Washington, DC. The passengers--a diverse group of Los Angeles-based men--include a bickering gay couple, a pompous (and disliked) Republican, a Spike Lee-esque film student, a vain actor, and a quarrelsome father and son who are literally shackled to each other by court order. The fascinating and enlightening discussions between the men shed light on numerous issues concerning the African American community and enrich their lives in the process. Lee chose to shoot his film on super-16mm stock, giving it a grainier, more documentary-like feel--which, when combined with the naturalistic performances from the ensemble cast, makes an impact that is all the more immediate. Lee's camera and the actors breathe fervor into Reggie Rock Blythewood's screenplay. Standout performances include Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher, De'Aundre Bonds, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Richard Belzer (as the white bus driver). Once again Spike Lee delivers a poignant commentary on the state of African American affairs at the end of the 20th century.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 05833

  • Credits
    Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dutton, Ossie Davis, Andre Braugher, Roger Guenveur Smith, Isaiah Washington, Harry J. Lennix, De'Aundre Bonds, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Richard Belzer
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] provocative talkfest on wheels..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...GET ON THE BUS marks a powerful return to form....This film is about maturity and the embracing of responsibility..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...GET ON THE BUS takes [Lee] to a new level of artistic maturity....A work of refined intensity..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...A vital regeneration of a filmmaker's talent as well as a bracing and often very funny dramatization of urgent sociopolitical themes..."

    "...Heartfelt and finally celebratory....Real and significant, it's successful at holding our interest, at making us care and believe..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...What makes GET ON THE BUS extraordinary is the truth and feeling that go into its episodes....This is a film with a full message for the heart, and the mind..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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